Windows and Advice Needed

Today let’s take a look at my living room windows and some window treatment ideas…

Maybe some of you might be wondering how I can have such open windows with no privacy in my living room.

Well, I really do enjoy the view of my front yard.

And I really do have some privacy. In fact, at the moment, my windows have the Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades on them.  Although, the shades are functional, I have never been satisfied with how they complement the room.

Most of the time, the shades are up so you never see them.

During the day, I love to let in the light and see the front yard, so I keep the shades open.

To dress up the windows, I have thought about putting panels between each window.

But I couldn’t decide how high to hang them and I don’t want them to cover the top arch window.  Plus, I don’t want to pay a fortune for custom.

Also, I have thought about plantation shutters since I love them in my bathrooms…

(Master Bath)

(Guest Bath)

And I love the island feel plantation shutters give a room.  If I had to choose, I would say that plantation shutters are probably my favorite window treatment idea.  I just have to figure out if they would be right for my living room.  In the photo below, you can see how mine could kind of look when open…


If we installed shutters, I would still have the view if I opened them.  The shutters would just be on either side of the windows.

I just don’t know…Sometimes I just feel the room is unfinished….

So, now I would love your advice...plantation shutters?…panels?…nothing?…

What do you think of my window treatment ideas?

**Update – See which window treatments we chose!


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  1. DecorandtheDog
    October 17, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    I like the windows just as they are. I like unobstructed views and I don't think your room look unfinished at all. Shutters would be my next vote!

  2. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    October 17, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    I love my plantation shutters. Such a classic look. They would go so well with your room. You could hang panels up high on short little rods just above the arch. One to the left, one center and one on the right. Either or both would look good.

  3. Heather
    October 17, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    I say leave the windows alone. I think the room already looks great!!

  4. Clydia
    October 17, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    WOW! Your room is already amazing, and I am in love with all of those windows! Plantation shutters would be gorgeous, but pricey. Thanks for linking up!xoxo,Clydia {}

  5. Zoe (Oceania Island Living)
    October 17, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    The windows do need balancing. Either plantation shutters or light drapes would add some grandness in keeping with design intention of these type of picture windows. With drapes, I would keep them neutral & summery. The rooms decor is in a classic style – so this should help guide you. Zoe x

  6. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    October 17, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    I had similar windows in a previous home and we had plantation shutters installed. They aren't cheap but they will last forever and the look is timeless. I loved being able to ope the shutters to let in the light.Hugs,Sherry

  7. Dixie Delights
    October 18, 2011 / 1:11 am

    i love love love plantation shutters but sadly have never had the budget 🙁 I'd probably do a long rod that went all the way across all three windows at the line where the arch sits on the window. Then either do panels on just the outside or panels on the outside and between the windows. Can't wait to see what you decide!

  8. CalypsoInTheCountry
    October 18, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    Thanks for all of your input. It is so nice to get advice from bloggers that I admire! I am leaning towards the plantation shutters – shocker. Now I have to convince Mr."Everything looks fine the way it is"! Thanks everyone!-Shelley

  9. Magali @ The Little White House
    October 20, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    If you don't feel you have an intimacy problem, you should leave the windows are they are… They have such a beautiful shape.

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